My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Leaves by Hundreds came

Remember when...

Leaves by Hundreds came floral art design.

"October gave a party;

A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn

The leaves by hundreds came -

Rose hips, pumpkin tree plant, and a cymbidium orchid nestled in autumn leaves

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,

Autumn leaf rosette.

And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,

Autumn leaves

And everything was grand,

Weave in a collar of willow twigs.

Miss Weather led the dancing,

Rose hips, pumpkin tree plant, and a cymbidium orchid and willow nestled in a rosette of autumn leaves

Professor Wind the band."

...? Seems like just last week… My, how time flies when you are having fun!

From “October’s Party” by George Cooper

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11 November 2012 Autumn Leaf Rosette

Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

Favourite Flowers


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Solanum Integrifolium

Pumpkin tree plant, pumpkin-on-a-stick or pumpkin bush, Japanese golden egg, Chinese scarlet eggplant, Hmong eggplant or tomato eggplant.

Related Designs

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

9 March 2016 Take your time

My article and Japanese paper flower armature design featured in the March issue of The Academy Leader- Academy of Floral Design, published by the The Floral Art Society of New...

23 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Another perspective

This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

31 May 2017 Let's hang out

Skewer some Eucalyptus to suspend between the orchids

28 June 2017 Somewhere in the Middle

Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids

18 October 2017 On the inside

For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.

1 November 2017 A Round

Create a delicate design that rests lightly on the edge of a container

8 November 2017 Psithurism

Craft a three tiered, dried autumn leaf armature

31 October 2018 Scary stuff!

My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!

11 November 2020 What goes around

Display a single stem flower in an Autumn leaf twirl

24 February 2021 Picked up some proper Pruning

An early Spring design with a twist on using an old favourite: composite flowers.

25 January 2023 Even More

This orchid developed at the very end of a long stem... right as the rest of the flowers started to die back so I made a special armature to display the cut stem.

13 September 2023 I am a fan!

Giving my book a super fan make-over.

21 February 2024 I'll Go First

My Spring/Easter design and the introduction article about my floral journey written by the editor, Nina Tucknott in the latest issue of Flora Magazine.